SGT is developing a shared services hub to support the not-for-profit sector in providing quality, consistent delivery into the future. This project supports SGt's strategic ambition to ensure more people in Tairawhiti can have access to lifelong participation in sport and physical activity.

"We know many of our sporting and community groups have limited resources and rely on a few passionate members to provide so many great services to our community," said SGT chief executive Stefan Pishief.

"A shared services hub will be established that will assist the pilot groups with their operational processes and people development, strengthening the sustainability of these organisations and allowing them to focus on their critical work of enhancing wellbeing outcomes.

"We are extremely grateful to Trust Tairāwhiti for approving this funding."

The total cost of the shared services pilot programme is $163,000 and has also received funding support from Kanoa " Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit.

Te Ora Hou Tairāwhiti Trust (TOH) was granted $38,660 towards the refurbishment of the youth centre building at the Alfred Cox Skatepark.

TOH has operated in Tairāwhiti for over 10-years, working with rangatahi to provide a safe, neutral space where they can receive awhi and support. Their centre has always been super inclusive and welcoming, used for training programmes, youth group activities and meetings. This funding will enable a low cost refurbish, minor repairs and cosmetic upgrades to make it more comfortable for its many users.

The Trust approved $20,000 in funding for the Gisborne Volunteer Centre (GVC) towards the delivery and coordination of community development workshops. The GVC provides resource services such as training and programme management and also recruits volunteers and connects them to community groups in need.

The funding will support the delivery of their Rourou programme to provide training initiatives for community groups, aimed at building capability.

Other recipients from this funding round are:

  • Taki Rua Productions, which received $10,000 towards making their 2021 season of Te Reo Māori stage plays being made available to all Tairāwhiti schools.
  • Nati4Life Trust received $10,000 to support an East Coast concert focusing on suicide prevention, awareness and intervention. It also provides support to bereaved families and youth education.
  • A total of $40,000 will go towards supporting four Tairāwhiti primary schools to represent the region at the National Primary School Kapa Haka event in Nelson this November. Te Kura o Puhi Kaiti (Kaiti School) is the umbrella group for the funding request, representing Te Kura o Manutuke, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Nga Uri a Maui.

A total of $196,660 was allocated in this funding round. Applications for the next round close on August 13